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LG files rollable screen laptop patent

by Mark Tyson on 24 November 2020, 11:11

Tags: LG

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We have seen rollable TVs showcased, rollable smartphones being readied for market and now there is evidence that LG is preparing a rollable screen laptop. The idea sounds intriguing – the laptop can easily be smaller / thinner thanks to the screen rolling away. However, LG has gone one step further to make the keyboard rollable too – so the whole device can be retracted into a long box shaped object.

Screenshots of the patent were shared on Twitter by GadgetsData, summing up the invention as "display, keyboard & webcam on a single stick". The source indicates that you could roll out the display to be approx 13.3-inches but if needed you could roll it out further and benefit from a 17-inch display.

 

The patent file screenshots, which I've embedded above, don't provide a lot more detail about the possibilities but are mostly focussed upon how the screen rolls out and doesn't flop over without using some kind of stand. You can see in some of the images that the screen will protrude from an arc shaped slot in the base which will help it stand up rigidly, and provide an 'immersive' curve. I'm not sure if there will be a way to tilt the screen back and forth like a regular laptop hinge will allow users to do.

Liliputing noticed another LG application of rollable screen tech recently for both laptops and tablets. In this separate patent a 13.3-inch device could expand to a 17-inch model thanks to rollable screen technology.

Last week HEXUS reported upon the hands-on demo of the Oppo X rollable screen smartphone.

 


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note the curve on the screen that is needed to get it to be stable. No thanks!

Presumably a bi-stable lamination able to roll flat but self-stiffens into a curved form. I used to know someone who did their masters research into those at uni back in the day.
It's a very slight curve. People (for the most part) have no problems reading books, newspapers, maps and other things with greater curvature…
Ttaskmaster
It's a very slight curve. People (for the most part) have no problems reading books, newspapers, maps and other things with greater curvature…

If you do a lot of linear CAD it messes with you. I don't have astigmatism and I don't want to develop it!
ik9000
If you do a lot of linear CAD it messes with you. I don't have astigmatism and I don't want to develop it!
Do most users of small, portable computing devices do a lot of linear CAD on them?
Looking around at all the coffee-shop novelists, I'mma guess not…..
Looks crap for image editing too - all you are doing is saving a few mm off having a lid with the screen already in it. Plus,the design exposes the keyboard due to a lack of a lid,so would need a solid case to stop needless button pushes. Looks like an answer looking for a problem. Great for posers! ;)